TIME weather

Wildfire Rages Near San Diego

California officials have battled double the average number of blazes so far this year. This latest fire spurred the evacuation of 20,000 homes in and around San Diego

TIME remembrance

Exclusive Pictures of the New 9/11 Museum

An exclusive look inside the museum due to open May 21 dedicated to preserving and memorializing the events of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as educating future generations about the tales of tragedy, bravery and recovery that emerged from that infamous day.

TIME Photos

Feel Good Friday: 12 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From rainbow-colored umbrellas to Miley Cyrus, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right

TIME

Apple Is Poaching the Genius Behind Nokia’s Amazing Cameras

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A employee demonstrates the photo capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020, a Windows Phone with a 41-megapixel camera after its unveiling in New York City July 11, 2013. TIMOTHY CLARY—AFP/Getty Images

One of the senior engineers behind Nokia's pixel-packing Pureview cameras bids farewell to Nokia, hello to Apple

A senior engineer behind Nokia’s Pureview camera, a 41-megapixel behemoth that took smartphone imagery to new heights of crispness, has confirmed that he will be moving to Apple.

In a farewell tweet to the Nokia team, Ari Partinen wrote that he would “start a new chapter in Cupertino, California.” The move comes at a time of upheaval for Nokia as it completes a merger with Microsoft’s new mobile unit.

Nokia called Partinen its resident “camera expert” during a fashion photo shoot with one of his pixel-packing creations. Apple’s iPhone 5 currently packs a respectable 8 megapixel punch, a relative featherweight compared with Nokia’s Lumia 1020 smartphone.

[TechCrunch]

TIME Photos

Feel Good Friday: 17 Fun Photos to Jump Start Your Weekend

From awesome backflips to a dog in sunglasses, TIME's photo editors have curated a selection of photos that will make you want to scream out, "TGIF!"

TIME Environment

Portraits of the Planet for Earth Day

Looking at the Icebergs, Near Franklin Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica in 2006.
Looking at the Icebergs, Near Franklin Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica in 2006. Camille Seaman

Google+ and TIME teamed up to find beautiful pictures of our planet. Selections made by TIME's photo editors are featured on the massive NASDAQ billboard in Times Square on Earth Day.

The NASDAQ billboard in Times Square features Google+ users' earth day photos selected by TIME's photo editors.
The NASDAQ billboard in Times Square features Google+ users’ earth day photos selected by TIME’s photo editors. Wesley Houser / Google

Mars is nice and Jupiter has a big red spot, but there’s no more gorgeous planet in the known galaxy than Earth. On a day when we tend focus on the threats to the Earth—which are many—we should also take time to celebrate the varied beauty found throughout our home. Google+ collected photos from around the world tagged with #MyBeautifulEarth, and TIME editors culled through the images to find the very best. The pictures that appear below are visual reminders of the Earth’s diversity, from fathomless oceans to glowing volcanoes to alpine glaciers. The only constants are color—and overwhelming beauty. This planet is a never-ending feast for the eyes, which is one more reason why we should try to take care of it, on Earth Day and every day.

TIME World

Get Away From There, Prince William

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Britain's Prince William, third left, looks over the cliff edge as he and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, observe abseiling and team building exercises at Narrow Neck Lookout near Katoomba, Australia, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Ryan Pierse / AP

You're making us nervous

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been hanging out Down Under and today they took a trip to Australia’s Blue Mountains to check out some cliffs. As you can see, Kate stood back at a reasonable distance, but William decided to live his life on the edge. Like, almost literally on the edge.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING PRINCE WILLIAM? YOU’RE MAKING US NERVOUS. Please, make better choices.

TIME apps

Google Updates the Android Camera App with New Features

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Your Android camera’s photos are about to get a lot more blurry, but don’t worry – that’s a very good thing. Yesterday, Google updated the official Android Camera app to include a number of new features, including a new background blur effect called Lens Blur.

“We created [Lens Blur] to give you the ability to create narrow depth-of-field photos like in your DSLR,” explains Google Product Manager Evan Rappaport on Google+. “Since we save the depth map of your image, you can even change the focal point and depth-of-field AFTER shooting.”

What’s so great about blurrier photos? Normally, when you take a shot with your phone’s camera, virtually everything is in focus – even busy, distracting backgrounds. Now, your Android photos will contain a data layer that computes the 3D positioning of the objects in your photos. You can choose to have an unimportant background fade away or choose to blur the foreground for artistic effect, even long after you’ve snapped your picture.

That’s not the only update to the Android camera app, either. There’s a new panorama mode for taking long, horizontal photos. Google has also raised the resolution of its 3D photospheres up to 50 megapixels – a sixfold increase.

You can enjoy the new Android camera features by updating your device’s Camera app. If you don’t already have Google Camera, it’s available for free download on any Android device via Google Play.

For more on the new Lens Blur feature, including the science that makes it all work, check out the Google Research Blog.

This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Techlicious.

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TIME Social Networking

Gmail Lets Users Share Images Auto-Uploaded from Their Phones

With help from Gmail, Google+ photos finally get social.

My friends and family probably don’t know this, but I have photos of them on Google+ stretching all the way back to October 2011, when I bought a Samsung Galaxy S II and set up automatic photo backups.

These photos aren’t public, and the vast majority of them are visible to no one except me. That’s because I haven’t bothered to share them.

The reason is not complicated: Most of the people I know don’t actively use Google+, so sorting through and sharing my photos on Google’s social network would be a waste of time. Still, I auto-upload my photos anyway, using Google’s unlimited storage (for images of 2048 pixels or less) as a glorified backup service.

The recent addition of Google+ photo attachments in Gmail may be a sign that Google has recognized the fate of its own network. Instead of forcing people to share photos through Google+, Google is now letting Gmail users attach photos directly to their messages, using a new “Insert Photo” button at the bottom of the email. As a way of sharing photos I’ve snapped from my phone, it’s incredibly convenient.

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I will be considerably more likely to share my auto-uploaded photos over email than Google+. Sharing images via email is more private, more convenient and less proprietary. I know my recipients won’t have to visit Google+ or even have a Gmail account to view the images I send. And on my end, I’ll no longer have to wade through the Google+ interface just to find a photo, download it and re-upload it again.

There are now more ways than ever to auto-upload photos to Google+. The latest version of Android includes a new “Photos” app, separate from the main Google+ app, that can automatically upload camera images. In December, Google released an auto-backup desktop app for Windows and Mac. And in October, the Google+ iOS app gained background uploads, allowing users to back up their photos without having to periodically re-open the app.

But without a good way to share those photos, users are essentially stuffing their pictures in a dusty closet, and Google is just wasting server space. By liberating automatic photo uploads from Google+, Gmail is making those photos more social than they ever were on Google’s social network.

 

 

 

TIME Music

See Coachella Through the Eyes of Google Glass

See the famed California music fest from a new angle

Jonathan D. Woods, TIME’s Senior Editor for Photo & Interactive, spent a weekend at Coachella. Here’s an intimate firsthand look at how he saw the music festival through a unique lens: Google Glass.

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